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Pitt’s solar farm under-construction near Pittsburgh International Airport.

Gaucho Solar project to replace 18% of Pitt’s electricity with clean, renewable energy

By Elle Kenney, Staff Writer November 4, 2022
Pitt and Vesper Energy partnered to create the Gaucho Solar project, which entails building a 68-acre solar farm near the Pittsburgh International Airport.
Inside of an operating room during a surgery.

Pitt researchers discuss operating room sustainability practices

By Khushi Rai, Staff Writer July 22, 2022
Combating climate change in the healthcare sector is especially important for Melissa Belic, professor in civil and environmental engineering and co-director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.
Radisav Vidic, left, Ritesh Pawar and Zheiwei “Joey” Zhang working on the pilot-scale MD system in Texas.

Pitt Engineering develops new process to recycle oil and gas wastewater

By Jacob Mraz , Staff Writer July 15, 2022
With sustainability in mind, Pitt Engineering designed a system to curb energy industry water waste through membrane distillation.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said he is “grateful” for the foundation’s gift.

Pitt, Richard King Mellon Foundation announce $100 million grant

By Natalie Frank and Millicent Watt November 17, 2021
Pitt, along with the Richard King Mellon Foundation, announced on Wednesday a $100 million gift to help fund a bioresearch and development facility at Hazelwood Green near Downtown.
The Cathedral of Learning.

Pitt physicists win prestigious research awards

By Millicent Watt, Assistant News Editor November 10, 2021
Two Pitt physicists — Vittorio Paolone and Andrew Mugler — received prestigious awards from the American Physics Society.
Dr. Shamkumar Nambulli, a researcher from the Center for Vaccine Research, worked on the delivery of the nanobodies to hamsters to fight against COVID-19 and neutralize the virus’ effect on the body.

Pitt researchers discover possible new COVID-19 treatment

By Shreya Joshi, For The Pitt News July 13, 2021
Pitt researchers published a scientific paper detailing the idea of delivering nanobodies — antibodies derived from mammals in the camel family and 10 times smaller than traditional human antibodies — to hamsters who were severely infected by COVID-19.
Diwaker Davar, M.D., medical oncologist and member of the Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, and assistant professor of medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Fecal matter fights cancer: UPMC researchers look to improve immunotherapy techniques

By Punya Bhasin, Staff Writer March 15, 2021
A group of more than 20 scientists at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute demonstrated a new way of advancing immunotherapy through fecal matter transplants.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Pitt’s Dr. Yi Shi and Dr. Paul Duprex discussed the potential of nanobodies isolated from Wally the llama’s blood as a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19.

Pitt researchers find COVID-19 breakthrough in llama nanobodies

By Rashi Ranjan, Staff Writer November 6, 2020
Yi Shi, an assistant professor of cell biology, is using antibodies from an unconventional source to develop a COVID-19 treatment — Wally the llama.
Pitt is a large, research-intensive institution with a sizable STEM focus, including 76 STEM departments, seven schools with a STEM focus and nearly 4,500 STEM faculty.

Pitt joins program to increase diversity, inclusivity in STEM faculty

By Millicent Watt, For The Pitt News November 1, 2020
Pitt — along with 18 other universities across the country — was selected to join the three-year Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty program.
An illustration demonstrates the fluid repellent quality of treated textiles.

Pitt researchers developing virus-repellent textiles

By Priya Ray, Staff Writer May 19, 2020
Swanson researchers are collaborating to create virus-repellent textiles for medical professional use.
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